Managing Curriculum-based Education: Build a Dynamic Education Team

Kelly Fox


Build a Dynamic Education Team

Your education team might comprise of NPS employees, volunteers, retired teachers, and other stakeholders with parks. Working with so many individuals to accomplish organizational goals can be challenging. The purpose of this resource is to get you thinking about your current team and how you might be able to maximize the experience in it.

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word cloud generated from virtual education course


In this resource you’ll find a list of short videos and articles, guiding questions, and additional resources. It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

How to Use this Resource:

  • Complete the following activities.
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  1. Take five minutes and create a list that identifies your current team. Who’s missing?
  2. Read the article “What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team” by Charles Duhigg (February 25, 2016). Think about the different teams you’ve been apart of. How were these teams similar and different? What can you do differently on an existing team that might make it more successful?
  3. Research and seek out at least three parks that are rumored to have dynamic teams. I would like to feature Zion National Park and the work that’s being done around their Concrete to Canyon program and the work facilitated by Hollie Lynch, Education Coordinator at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.
  4. Building community isn’t easy, but there are tips you can follow that can help.
    • Set the Foundation – establish purpose, identify success, create ground rules, review goals and operating values.
    • Address the elephant in the room.
    • Achieve new heights by dreaming big! Search on-line for team building activities that can help your team become more of a community. Trainers Warehouse is a great place to start.
  5. Watch the video Inspirational – Team Building – Work Related uplifting (02:49). Jot down three things you are inspired to do and share this video with someone.
  6. Have you looked into establishing internship programs to enhance your program?  Read through the following different programs and identify one that you could apply for on your next annual work plan: NRSS Internship Programs and National Youth Employment Programs.

Guiding Questions

  1. When working with teams, there are commonly known truths: good teams take time, size matters, and distance is the enemy. Is this true for your team? What’s working well? What’s holding your team back?
  2. What kinds of team focused learning activities or opportunities do you provide your team?
  3. Why can experiences with two different groups or teams be dissimilar? What steps can you take to achieve success?
  4. Studies show that groups tend to innovate faster, see mistakes more quickly and find better solutions to problems. Why do you think this is true?
  5. Norms are the traditions, behavioral standards and unwritten rules that govern how we function in a group. What norms does your team use? Are they productive?

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